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One man’s effort to post signs bearing the 10 Commandments around St. George, Utah, has already resulted in hundreds of copies of the biblical laws springing up on private property.
“This thing has taken on a life of its own. There’s great support for it,” Robert Anderson told the Salt Lake City Deseret News. “I’ve seen doors open left and right. There are a lot of good people here who recognized the need to do something.”
Anderson got the idea to distribute copies of the Decalogue after attending a rally in St. George to show support for the Ten Commandments and Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s fight to keep a display of the laws in the rotunda of the state’s judicial building.
I just thought if it’s not me, then who? If it’s not now, then when?” Anderson told the paper. According to the report, he had discussed with others attending the rally the idea of posting hundreds of copies of the Commandments around the county.
As of yesterday, the paper reported, 325 of the signs had been posted in windows, pounded into lawns or propped up in yards from St. George to LaVerkin, Utah. Another 125 signs await delivery. The signs are 24-by-18 inches and made of weather-resistant cardboard.
Anderson said the signs give people a way to fight back against efforts to purge public life of all things religious.
“A lot of people are frustrated and angry with the ACLU. They don’t know which way to go, what to do to show their support for the Constitution and the Ten Commandments,” Anderson told the paper. “This is an outlet. It rallies people and gives them a chance to talk and visit.”
Anderson, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, says his project was not an assignment from his church.
Each sign, which is being produced by a printer at his cost, goes for $6.
Peter Leadenham, who publishes a weekly newspaper, has two of the signs posted on his lawn.
“This is a way of showing we’re under the same God,” said Leadenham, according to the Salt Lake paper. “It’s a talking point. We as citizens should make sure people know we have moral standards. You can’t better the Ten Commandments.”